The Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) is the Flemish research and knowledge centre for nature and its sustainable management and use. INBO conducts research and supplies knowledge to all those who prepare or make the policies or are interested in them as a stakeholder.Through its scientific research, INBO supports all agencies dealing with open space in the Flemish government, as well as in organisations involved in nature conservation, forestry, agriculture, hunting and fishery. INBO publishes its results as open data and provides data for international reporting. It participates in (inter)national research networks such as LTER, ALTER-Net, LifeWatch, …
The department head of a government research institute wanted to create a semi-automated data workflow to facilitate a more efficient reporting that is compliant with the European Regulations.
This case was on the reporting of invasive species in Europe. There is a list of invasive species that need to be monitored and reported as soon as they are spotted anywhere in Europe.
Based on a kick-off session, we identified the key stakeholders and their expectations.
After understanding the business context and the available data sources, we developed a prototype based on a selection of the data and a visualisation in Python and R.
After the validation of the PoV, we expanded the data architecture and iteratively added the remaining data (sources) and transformations to facilitate the desired end result. This was presented to a multi-disciplinary team, who approved and signed off on the delivery.
The result was a semi-automated data workflow tailored to the needs of the different stakeholders: